Local Capacity Building for Improving Access to Healthcare

Santen aims to reduce the loss of social and economic opportunities for people around the world due to eye conditions by striving to improve the welfare of patients in the ophthalmic field as our specialty.

Resolving the Shortage of Ophthalmologists in Developing Countries

Santen has continually made donations since 2012 to support “Teaching the Teachers,” a training program focused on educating the educators of ophthalmologists. This program is presented by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the largest ophthalmic foundation in the world, with the aim of eliminating the shortage of ophthalmologists in developing countries.

"Teaching the teachers" program
(Photo provided by ICO Foundation)

Supporting Educational Program for Ophthalmologists in Uveitis Field in Asia

Santen is supporting on-line educational program for ophthalmologists including ophthalmology residents and practicing ophthalmologists in uveitis field especially in Asia through donation to L V Prasad Eye Institute which is managed by Hyderabad Eye Institute in India. This educational program is almost a year long program initiated from 2021 and includes following activities:

  1. Engaging leaders in specific areas of uveitis to moderate classes in their respective fields
  2. More than 100 hours of academic engagement in uveitis
  3. Monthly - special interest group meetings, key note lectures, grand rounds and interactive meetings
  4. Monthly collaborative combined grand rounds with one of the major international uveitis centers
  5. Interface for practicing ophthalmologists/uveitis specialists with academia
Uveitis on-line education

Developing Researchers in Japan

Santen’s Nara Research and Development Center operates the Functional Polymer Science Laboratory established in 2005 in collaboration with Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST). Serving as visiting professors, associate professors and collaborative research staff members, Santen’s employees familiar with this field of specialty teach students who aim to become researchers. So far, this laboratory has produced 13 master's degree graduates and two PhD degree graduates.

In the laboratory

Developing Ophthalmologists in China

Santen Pharmaceutical (China) has supported the development of Chinese ophthalmic medicine and the education of young ophthalmologists by making donations to organizations such as the ophthalmic subcommittee of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, the China Medical Women’s Association, and the ophthalmic subcommittee of the Chinese Medical Association which address development of young ophthalmologists in western China where ophthalmologists are insufficient. Furthermore, we provide continuing medical education and training for ophthalmologists in various locations around China, in collaboration with the ophthalmic subcommittee of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association.

Medical education for ophthalmologists with the ophthalmic subcommittee of Chinese Medical Doctor Association